I would definitely buy more than once, but I wouldn't just stick to one breed forever. I had two cocker spaniels when I was growing up. One had cancer (she was the best dog alive), and the other had ear infections. Cockers are known for many health problems, but I still love them, so I would consider getting another. But I like variety, 'cause you never know which breed you'll fall in love with next.
Maybe it's just me, but it amazes me, the people who don't do enough research before buying a purebred dog. I can understand getting a purebred from a rescue, or a mixed breed from a shelter, that you are taking a chance as to health problems. But when people buy a purebred dog from a bad breeder, and then are surprised that the dog has health problems? I don't know-maybe I'm just too cautious. But we researched for well over a year before narrowing it down to 2 breeders. I am happy to say that Maggie is now almost 2 years old, and has never been sick a day in her life. I'm sure part of that is just dumb luck, but I'm also sure that part of it is knowing what I was getting into. I would not hesitate to buy another pup from the same person. And if we decide on another breed, we will go thru the same process of finding someone that we have 100% faith in. I just can't see trying to save a buck when purchasing a dog, and then end up spending so much more money at the vet, caring for problems that should have been avoided in the first place.
We've had many breeds and mixes and loved every one of them but as I got older I started looking for that special kind of dog that would suit me, my personality, my habits, and my hobbies. I finally decided on bluetick coonhounds and started looking into breeders. I didn't really find more than what most would consider byb setups but after frequenting message boards devoted to them I began to see a lot of the owners and breeders would just about give their right arm for one of their dogs. The dogs didn't seem to have the health problems I'd read about with most other breeds and I just sort of fell in love with the whole coonhound culture. It took me a while of searching and messaging back and forth before I decided to buy a little blue pup. I have to say...research your breed, it definitely pays off. That pup has turned out to be such an awesome match for me I can't believe it. I've always had no trouble bonding with any dog but compared to my Maggie all the other dog relationships seem shallow somehow. Her first weeks were, of course, a nightmare of shredded laundry and chewed shoes but she made a quick adjustment to her crate and has been a joy to have around. She has endless energy, comical poses, incredible intelligence, and the courage of a lion. She so impressed us that when my son's dog passed away he wanted a bluetick too. He got the "super sized" variety of the same breed. His dog quickly and firmly wormed his way into all our hearts but makes it known my son belongs to him, lol! Yep, I've found my breed. Oh, they have that short, rough hair too. It feels wiry but lays flat so it is like petting the side of the bristles on a broom when you pet them.
I've had many dogs in the past. And only repeated 1 dog. The lab. lol.. I dont know if its best to get the same breed. Seeing as everytime you look at him/her it might remind you of your previous pet & You might expect it to act the same as your last dog and magically know everything the other one did. Theres over 100 breeds. Maybe getting the same one will be good. Maybe not. Yet theres still the fun in searching for the right puppy that looks at you the right way through the puppy cage at the store, then you get to start all over again, new breed,new personality, new dog traits. A bundle of love (:
I have had many breeds in my lifetime and I have repeated 2 of those breeds. Saint Bernards and Shelties.
I absolutely LOVE the temperments of both breeds and they both offer totally different types of love and companionship, but when my last Saint passed away in 2003, I knew I didn't want another *big dog* and I had an English Bulldog. I ADORE him. He's perfect for my situation right now - I don't have a ton of time to exercise him (he doesn't complain) and he just loves to hang with us - which is great b/c we have kids and are home a lot with them.
We adopted our Beagle from the SPCA and I had reservations about them but he's a little old man and he fits right in, too. For us, as our lives go through stages, I think the dogs that we choose may change as well.
I really want another dog but I want a smaller, lap type dog - haven't found the *perfect* one yet but I'm sure it will happen.....
Maybe when the kids are older, I'll get back into the big dogs :)
I used to have a Papillon, and my aim for the future is to get another, in my eyes there is nothing better (apart from poms too hehe). Well as you guessed I now own a pom, and as much as I want to explore many other breeds I always want a Pom and Papillon in my house, and perhaps another dog of a breed that I like.
Had lots, both mixes and pure breds. I didn't really care for little dogs, then met my husband who had a Miniature Schnauzer along with every other member of his family. We currently own 7 (along with our mix border collie, aussie). Would get another if hubby would let me. Maybe 2.
growing up with GSD's i love that breed so much but as an adult i know i am not the right home for one. at least not right now.
i have had mostly mixes my adult life so it would be kinda hard to repeat any of them.
the only 2 purebreds i have had in my adult life were a pyrenees and an anatolian. yes i would definitely repeat both those breeds, as it seems that these types of dogs fit very well with my lifestyle and my personality, and that of my family's.
there are a few other breeds out there that i would like to have, so i will most likely always have multiple dogs.
I think I'm gonna stick with Basenjis from now on. They don't bark, hardly shed, never smell doggy (even when wet), they clean themselves, they're pretty/handsome, easily transportable, and will baroo for you when they're glad to see ya. They're not clingy or whiny, but they do enjoy cuddles and attention (they'll even do their version of a purr for ya when completely content). They're perfect for my lifestyle!
I've had labs, rotties, dobies and mixes, but I think basenjis are the forever dogs for me!
Fendi is my first puppy ever, and it's been six months since I've had her. My next dog is definately going to be a Maltese again. I just find that they go very well with my lifestyle. I live in an apartment, so no backyard. Plus, they're very easy going, and they're the kind of dogs that you can just chill with, and lay on the sofa watching TV together. I love how calm she is.